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Coutu and Mostafá Elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society
Stephane Coutu, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society.
Three Eberly College of Science faculty members elected as Fellows of the AAAS
Kathleen Postle, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Paul Babitzke, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Jorge Sofo, professor of physics and of materials science and engineering, have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Mostafá and Dykstra awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Sheryl Dykstra, lecturer and director of undergraduate instrumentation laboratories in chemistry have been honored with the 2016 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases: Free public lecture on February 4 in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the third of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #3 - "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" 04 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology at Penn State, a member of Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and a Branco Weiss - Society in Science Fellow will present the third lecture in the Frontiers of Science series. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture Set for February 13
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture 13 February 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Free public lecture on February 11: "One World . . . One Health" 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "One World . . . One Health" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #4 - "One World . . . One Health" 11 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
This is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet." Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology and Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State will discuss the threat of global epidemics that could result from emerging diseases, including Ebola, SARS, and Hendra.
How best to treat infections and tumors: Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance
In cases where drug resistance can lead to treatment failure, new research shows that therapies tailored to contain an infection or a tumor at tolerable levels can, in some cases, extend the effective life of the treatment and improve patient outcomes. In other cases, aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the infection or tumor as possible — the traditional approach — might be best. But how can we know which stands the better chance of working?
Measuring entropy: A scanning-tunneling microscope provides a glimpse of the mysterious property
New research shows that a scanning-tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes. The study, appearing this week in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that the position of the tip of the STM relative to the molecule changes the energy requirements of the molecule to make changes in shape, and in turn, changes the entropy of the system.
NSF funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers
In two studies, international teams of astronomers suggest that recent images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of two pulsars — Geminga and B0355+54 — may help shine a light on the distinctive emission signatures of pulsars, as well as their often perplexing geometry.
Free public lecture on February 18: "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone”
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fifth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #5 - "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" 18 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building, University Park
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health
A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for February 27
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Lab
Stone Memorial Lecture - “New Structure / Function Insights into Viral RNA Replication Compartments” 27 February 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
Catalytic Conveyer Belt: A new method for controlled delivery of particles via fluid flow
Researchers have developed a new method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices. The research, which capitalizes on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, is a collaboration between scientists at Penn State’s Department of Chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Three from Eberly College of Science awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships
Three faculty members from the Eberly College of Science have been honored with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their research accomplishments. The new Sloan Fellows are: Michael DeGiorgio, assistant professor of biology; Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics; and Kohta Murase, assistant professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics.
Free public lecture on February 25: "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us"
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #6 - "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" 25 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium. The event concludes the six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.

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